Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Dies At 56

Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, has died. He was 56.

Apple announced his death Wednesday without giving a specific cause.

The company says, “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

Jobs had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January — his third since his health problems began — before resigning as CEO six weeks ago.

The news Apple fans and shareholders had been dreading came the day after Apple unveiled its latest version of the iPhone.

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